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Slava Grigoryan guitar | Sharon Grigoryan cello
Australia’s favourite musical couple, Slava and Sharon Grigoryan, invite you to their place and to hear them play their favourite pieces of music for you.
In their very first album together as a duo, Slava and Sharon play the music that means the most to them – from the first serious piece that Sharon ever played as a student and pieces composed by Slava’s guitar heroes, to pieces written specifically for them by friends and family.
“We have now been playing together for five years,” Slava and Sharon write, “And have always known that we wanted to record together. So by the time we scheduled the recording sessions for this album, we had already been talking about it for a few years, and every piece here has been thought about, and tried and played, put on the shelf and come back to.
“Every piece on this album holds a special place in our hearts for different reasons: Ravel’s Habanera was one of the first pieces that Sharon played as a student that opened up her musical imagination; composers Bill Lovelady and Wolfgang Muthspiel are dear friends and long-term collaborators of Slava’s, Astor Piazzolla’s Café 1930 is the first piece we played together as a duo, and Edward Grigoryan’s Ngeringa was composed as a birthday present for Sharon.
That’s why this album is so special to us.”
Regarded as a ‘wizard’ of the guitar, Slava Grigoryan has forged a prolific reputation as a classical guitar virtuoso. Born in Kazakhstan, he immigrated with his family to Australia in 1981 and began studying the guitar with his violinist father Edward at the age of 6. By the time he was 17 he was signed to the Sony Classical Label. His relationship with Sony Classical, ABC Classic in Australia, ECM in Germany and his own label Which Way Music has led to the release of over 30 solo and collaborative albums – four of which have won ARIA Awards – spanning a vast range of musical genres.
Sharon Grigoryan has been the cellist with the Australian String Quartet since 2013, and has been invited to be Guest Principal Cellist with the Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. She is the current Artistic Director of the Barossa, Baroque and Beyond music festival, which recently completed its fifth year. In 2019 Sharon curated a chamber music series, Live at the Quartet Bar, for the Adelaide Festival Centre, and made her debut as a radio presenter on ABC Classic.
1. SUMMER arr. Slava Grigoryan Julie-O
2. ASSAD Jobiniana No. 4
3. LAGINHA arr. Slava Grigoryan Tanto Espaço
4. MUTHSPIEL Dark Silk
5. RAVEL arr. Slava Grigoryan Pièce en forme de Habanera
6. GRIGORYAN Ngeringa
7. PÄRT arr. Slava Grigoryan Spiegel im Spiegel
8. PIAZZOLLA Histoire du tango: II. Café 1930
9. LOVELADY The Brightest Stars Shine Half as Long
ZENAMON Reflexões No. 6
10. I. Fluido
11. II. Doloroso
12. III. Vivissimo
13. PIAZZOLLA arr. Slava Grigoryan Ave Maria
with Leonard Grigoryan guitar
The Wiggles have joined forces with the ‘OG Wiggles’ (Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt and Greg Page), and teamed up with some very special musical friends, for an ambitious and expansive recording project, ReWiggled.ReWiggled is a double album, comprised of two distinct halves, which celebrate both the enduring nature of The Wiggles’ songbook, and also The Wiggles’ own lifetime love of music. Side One of the album sees some of Australia’s top musicians paying tribute to The Wiggles, honouring the profound and unique influence the band has had over generations of young music fans. Featuring classic Wiggles songs reimagined by artists including Spacey Jane, DZ Deathrays, The Chats, Stella Donnelly, San Cisco, Emily Wurramara, Polish Club, Dami Im, Donny Benet, Emma Donovan and The Putbacks, Custard, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Luca Brasi, and more.Following on from The Wiggles’ groundbreaking appearance on triple j’s Like A Version (covering Tame Impala’s ‘Elephant’) – and in response to overwhelming audience demand, so popular was their offering – the band have decided to record a full length collection of covers, filled with equally unforgettable and impressive renditions of some of their favourite songs. Side Two of ReWiggled features “wigglified” versions of hits originally performed by AC/DC, Queen, Rihanna, James Brown, The Chats, Fatboy Slim, and many more.The ReWiggled double album will be released on March 11, 2022. However, today sees the release of the first taste of the collection, the 5 track ReWiggled EP. This sneak peek sampler sees beloved Perth indie rock maestros Spacey Jane deliver a sparkling, joyous version of ‘D.O.R.O.T.H.Y. (My Favourite Dinosaur)’, in what is a major highlight of the album.Queensland shed rock heroes The Chats put their own unmistakable garage punk stamp all over ‘Can You (Point Your Fingers and Do the Twist?)’. And The Wiggles have returned the favour directly, with their exhilarating yet Wiggly take on The Chats’ modern Aussie Rock classic ‘Pub Feed’. But perhaps the wildest moment on the EP sees The Wiggles tackle one of the most iconic songs of all time – Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – in a performance that proves to be an absolute musical tour de force.
Take a trip around Australia by singing along with local legend Don Spencer. Learn all about the Land We Call Australia, Captain Cook and what’s ‘Out the Back’Tracklist1. Bob the Kelpie2. Rain3. Out the Back4. Boomerang5. Land We Call Australia6. She'll Be Right7. ABC of Australia8. Didgeridoo9. Captain Cook10. Sunshine11. Coo-oo-ee 12. Aussie Boys & Aussie Girls
Australia is blessed with some of the most interesting wildlife the world has to offer! From kookaburras to wombats to cane toads this collection from beloved Aussie artist Don Spencer is a celebration to all the critters and creatures that make Australia so special.Tracklist1. Kangaroo2. I Love my Echidna3. He's a Cockatoo4. Warts 'n all (the Cane Toad)5. Don't Ever Step on a Snake6. Please Don't Call me a Koala Bear7. Emu8. Feathers, Fur and Fins9. Dig, Dig, Dig (like a Wombat)10. Kookaburra11. Sh-Sh-Sugar Glider12. Where does a Goanna Go?13. Black Swan (Shadow on the Water)14. Platypus
The original collection of kids classics from beloved entertainer Don Spencer. Featuring a collection of bespoke tunes written by the man himself, sit back and chuck on Aussie favourites such as 'Please Don't Call Me A Koala Bear', 'Aussie Mossie', 'Bush Tucker' and so many more!TracklistA-U-S-T-R-A-L-I-AOut the BackDidgeridooKangarooBoomerangPlease Don’t Call me a Koala BearCrocodileShe’ll Be Right MateCaptain CookAlice SpringsBush TuckerEmuAussie MossieLand We Call AustraliaPlatypusSo Much More to See
Don Spencer is back with a brand new collection of Aussie sing-a-long tunes. Featuring some Don classics like ‘Walkabout’, ‘Pete The Lorikeet’ and ‘Coo-oo-ee’ this is an album that’s sure to delight kids of all ages (and their parents too!)Tracklist1. Walkabout2. G’day3. I Love my Echidna4. Red Dirt Roadway5. Coo-oo-ee6. The Flying Doctor7. Kookaburra8. Pete the Lorikeet9. Dig, Dig, Dig (Like a Wombat)10. Don’t Ever Step on a Snake11. Sh-Sh-Sugar Glider12. He’s a Cockatoo13. Lizards of Oz14. The Great Australian Bite15. It’s a Marsupial16. ABC of Australia
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards, in conjunction with the CMAA (Country Music Association of Australia), ABC Music is thrilled to release the official CMAA 50th Anniversary The Winners albums. Available on November 12, The music releases will include a Limited Edition Deluxe 4CD set, plus Volume 1 and Volume 2 will be available for sale separately both as CD and via digital partners. Pre-order HERE.The tracklisting features a who’s who of Australian country music across the decades, including Slim Dusty, Col Joye, Jean Stafford, Smoky Dawson, Graeme Connors, Keith Urban, James Blundell, Lee Kernaghan, Beccy Cole, The McClymonts, Kasey Chambers, The Wolfe Brothers, Fanny Lumsden, Morgan Evans and more!VOLUME 1 - CD1: 01. Slim Dusty – Lights On The Hill 02. Slim Newton – Redback On The Toilet Seat 03. Col Joye – Heaven Is My Woman’s Love 04. Tex Morton – The Goondiwindi Grey 05. Rex Dallas – Old Wallerawang 06. Heather McKean – I Can Feel Love 07. Lindsay Butler – Closest Thing To Freedom 08. Saltbush - Sassafras Gap 09. Suzanne Prentice – Sweet Country Music 10. 1901 – Along The Road To Gundagai 11. Allan Caswell – King Of The Rodeo 12. Buddy Williams – Without Friends (What A Dreary Old World It Would Be) 13. Jean Stafford – Hello Love 14. Grand Junction – Married Women 15. Johnny Chester – I Love You So Rebecca 16. Reg Poole – The Warrumbungle Mare 17. Barry Thornton – Brian’s Tune 18. Jewel & Arthur Blanch – The Lady And The Cowboy 19. The Webb Brothers - Who Put The Roo In The Stew 20. Bullamakanka – Give Me A Home Among The Gum Trees 21. Redgum - I Was Only 19 (A Walk In The Light Green) 22. The Flying Emus – Diamond Creek 23. Deniese Morrison – Now I’m Easy VOLUME 1 – CD2: 01. John Williamson – True Blue 02. Smoky Dawson & Trevor Knight – In The Days Of Old Khancoban 03. Evelyn Bury – I’m Stronger Than I Look 04. Lawrie Minson – Wild River 05. Keith Urban – I Never Work On A Sunday 06. Brian Young – Thistles On The Hillside 07. Norma O’Hara Murphy – Sarah’s Memory 08. Anne Kirkpatrick – Out Of The Blue 09. Colin Buchanan – Galahs In The Gidgee 10. James Blundell & James Reyne – Way Out West 11. Lee Kernaghan – Boys From The Bush 12. Kev Carmody & Paul Kelly – From Little Things Big Things Grow 13. Gina Jeffreys – Girls Night Out 14. Stan Coster – Lawson’s Loaded Dog 15. The Wheel – I Fell In Love 16. Graeme Connors – The Road Less Travelled 17. Sherrié Austin – One Solitary Tear 18. Tania Kernaghan – Dunroamin’ Station 19. Troy Cassar-Daley – Little Things 20. Michael Fix – Mr Wonglepong 21. Adam Brand – Last Man Standing VOLUME 2 - CD1: 01. Ted Egan – The Drover’s Boy 02. Adam Harvey – Workin’ Overtime (On A Good Time) 03. Wolverines – 65 Roses 04. Troy Cassar-Daley – Born To Survive 05. Melinda Schneider – The Story Of My Life 06. Adam Brand – The ANZAC 07. Sara Storer – Beautiful Circle 08. Tommy Emmanuel – Tall Fiddler 09. Tracy Coster & Anne Kirkpatrick – Back To The Saltbush Plains 10. John Williamson – Chandelier Of Stars 11. Troy Cassar-Daley with Jimmy Barnes (Ft. Bella) – Bird On A Wire 12. Beccy Cole – Poster Girl 13. Kirsty Lee Akers – Little Things 14. Jetty Road – Million Miles 15. Graeme Connors – A Good Life 16. McAlister Kemp – All Kinds Of Tough 17. The McClymonts – Kick It Up 18. Catherine Britt – Sweet Emmylou 19. Shane Nicholson – Bad Machines 20. The Bushwackers – I Am Australian VOLUME 2 – CD2: 01. Lee Kernaghan – Flying With The King 02. O’Shea – Thank You Angels 03. Luke O’Shea – Lady Of The Land 04. Lachlan Bryan And the Wildes – Black Coffee 05. Jeff Brown – I Love Australia 06. Dean Perrett – Bloodwood & Clover 07. Amber Lawrence – Superhero 08. Travis Collins – Call Me Crazy 09. Kasey Chambers – Ain’t No Little Girl 10. Brad Butcher – Well Dressed Man 11. Ashleigh Dallas – Lighthouse 12. Davidson Brothers – Back Where I Started 13. Aleyce Simmonds – More Than Meets The Eye 14. The Wolfe Brothers – Ain’t Seen It Yet 15. Kristy Cox - Ricochet 16. Andrew Swift – Runaway Train 17. Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart – Every Hello (Ft. Karl Broadie) 18. Morgan Evans – Day Drunk 19. Blake O’Connor – Worth A Little More 20. Felicity Urquhart – Chain Of Joy 21. Fanny Lumsden – Fierce
MY REALITY is the album Dami Im's waited her whole career to make, seizing creative control and for the first time, writing or co-writing every track.“A few years ago I wasn’t mature enough to steer my albums the way I wanted them to go. This is the dream album, it took a while but I’m so proud of it.”MY REALITY’s collaborators range from One Above (Hilltop Hoods, Illy) to Andy Mak (Vera Blue, Tina Arena) to Konstantin Kersting (Tones And I, Spacey Jane). Most of the songs were written during the pandemic, meeting collaborators over Zoom rather than face to face.Considered one of the country’s most gifted vocalists, MY REALITY also sees Dami push her voice in new directions.“On this album I really enjoyed working with people whose work is different to what I normally do, and it makes you think about things differently.”With highly personal lyrics that touch on everything from depression to moving out of your childhood home, MY REALITY also sees Dami mature as a songwriter.“It was a really cathartic album to make, I felt like I was reading my own memoir back when I looked at the lyrics. It was very therapeutic.“As humans we all have this need to express ourselves and share our experiences. With all of the songs I’m hoping they speak to people on some level and that they’re relatable. Ultimately, I want people to feel heard and understood.“This album is about owning who I am. You shouldn’t shy away from the things people like about you. But you are who you are. Some parts on this record people might expect, some others show how much I’ve changed. With this album I’m just trying to be authentic in the way I know it, that’s my reality.”After winning The X Factor in 2013, Dami has released four ARIA Top 10 albums and scored hits with Alive, Gladiator, Smile, Super Love and her Eurovision gamechanger Sound of Silence – scoring the highest placing of any Australian artist at the global music competition.Signing with ABC Music in 2020, Dami has expanded her musical horizons with thrilling results.
Acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer and songwriter Nicky Bomba has brought his debut solo album Food & Shelter into the world.Food & Shelter is just his second solo album but the 24th of his career. Nicky has been a blazing creative spark in Australian music for decades: drummer in the John Butler Trio on classic albums Sunrise Over Sea, April Uprising and Flesh & Blood; the driving force behind Melbourne Ska Orchestra, the giant brass collective that grew from a one-off gig in Melbourne to play stages from Bluesfest to Glastonbury and win ARIAs for best world music album in 2016 and 2019. He is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter who has played in bands from Bomba to Bustamento and worked with greats like Joe Camilleri (their 2005 album Limestone) and Ross Hannaford (the Bomba-produced 1996 album Ross Hannaford Trio is reissued on Bomba’s label Transmitter Records).Food & Shelter finds those seeds in fertile ground, drawing on all Bomba’s experience exploring styles from reggae to jazz, funk and ethnic folk to create music with a bold, contemporary voice. As the title suggests, the album is about going back to basics on the path to discovery.Self-sufficiency has long been one of Bomba’s personal goals. That’s why he taught himself the art of recording in the first place, to keep musical control at his fingertips. If it ever came to a point where a musician couldn’t even be in a room with musical collaborators – a time where we were all locked down in our homes for an extended period, for example – there would still be a way forward. Food & Shelter is the first album he has made where he plays, writes and sings every note, all recorded in the studio at his home in the beautiful mountain country of north-eastern Victoria.Bomba says: “Some say lockdown is the time when introverts are at their best and I am one of those people. This was the perfect time for me to stay home, get motivated, be disciplined. The song Opportunity is about just that. This was the chance to make it happen.”The food and shelter theme recurs through the album: “Food equals the fuel that ignites us physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, to meet the challenges of modern life. Shelter is the safe house, the place of solace, friendship, love, getting back to nature, nurturing.”
Get ready for a spooktacular celebration, a Halloween feast, and dance along to the Skeleton Scat!With the love of Halloween worldwide and children’s fascination with dressing up, this new album Halloween Party is just in time for the October celebration. The gang has Wiggle Town decorated like never before with cobwebs, pumpkins, bats, spiders and Halloween lighting – and children are encouraged to extend their imagination, dress up, and dance to one of the many new songs, such as Zombie Feet, Furry Wolfman and Little Vampires.Paul the Party Planner narrates, encouraging kids to follow the story as he guides and explains the actions through fun-filled tunes with Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony!Dress ups are a plenty, including a daddy dressed like a mummy and Wags the Dog dressed like a howling wolfman - and, as always, there’s lots of dancing, with even spiders, vampires and cats doing a waltz together.This latest special is a super fun and not-so-scary addition to The Wiggles catalogue.
“I don’t want to do the same thing twice,” says homegrown singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gretta Ziller. As expansive sophomore studio album Judas Tree attests, it’s much more than a mantra.Gretta Ziller’scritically-lauded debut album Queen of Boomtown (2017) was long-listed for the Australian Music Prize, and was nominated for The Age Music Victoria Awards. Ziller has been an APRA Professional Development finalist, garnered two Golden Guitar nominations, and has performed at Australian Music Week.Judas Tree finds Ziller ranging far and wide over the sonic landscape, pushing her uniquely expressive voice, kaleidoscopic sound, and deft songwriting skills to dizzying new heights.“I’m a trained vocalist, and with this album, I wanted to prove that,” Ziller says.An exhilarating departure from the softer Americana poise of Queen of Boomtown, Judas Tree deploys richly layered guitar-driven sounds, building on Ziller’s roots in blues, rock, jazz, and pop.“I wanted to start at ‘Whiskey Shivers’ from Queen of Boomtown: that was my base song, sonically,” Ziller explains. “We wanted to have that big, full, really layered sound.”The result is an album that draws from many wellsprings: desert rock, psych, power pop, and more, capturing the sounds of inspirations from Rag’n’Bone Man to Bishop Briggs. The result is an 11-track songbook that frequently defies categorisation.“I’m not turtley enough for the turtle club,” Ziller jokes of her stylistic allegiances. “I come from country roots: I’m proud of the fact that I write like a country writer, because country songwriters are fantastic. But my sound isn’t country. I wanted to explore the foundation of me, while keeping my country songwriter’s influence.”An eloquent demonstration of Ziller’s storied hand as a writer, Judas Tree is an impassioned document of hearts bruised, broken, and steeled by adversity.The product of a fertile period of writing and touring on the back of Queen of Boomtown, Judas Tree was produced by the in-demand Paul Ruske, with engineering by Richard Stolz (Tones & I, Tash Sultana, Paul Kelly, Husky) and Richard Dodd (Tom Petty, George Harrison, Roy Orbison). Also featured is Americana peer Jen Mize on backing vocals and cello.Shivering with soul, the first single lifted from Judas Tree,‘Unlikely Believer’ (2020), offered an intoxicating insight into the album as a whole. Tearaway second single ‘Fan the Fire’ is an irresistible anthem of defiance, and finds Ziller shouldering the mantle of festival main stage floor-filler as never before.‘5, 4, 3, 2, 1’weds slide guitar to a gauzy haze of electric guitar tones as Ziller confronts a faithless lover, building to a cathartic, squalling climax, while the ominous ‘Judas Tree’ thunders with apocalyptic drums and tectonic desert rock guitars. At the heart of the album is supercharged guitar-pop entry ‘Stockholm’, with its storm of keys and buzzsaw guitars.There’s a bleakly majestic blues-rock entry in the sinuous ‘Cinder Ash & Ruin’ – a mounting maelstrom of layered guitars and one of Ziller’s most powerful vocal deliveries to date – before the ethereal ‘Jericho’ lands, shivering and swelling with feeling, providing the album’s clearest moment of stillness and introspection.‘My little rebellions are getting too grand,’Ziller sings on stirring piano ballad ‘Dry Town’, before the 90s-hued ‘Damage Done’ arrives with its raw, low-slung guitars and angular percussion. There’s a garage soul sway in ‘Over My Head’, before album closer ‘Dear Love Letter’ sees Ziller signing off with an engrossing, song of reflection.A study in songwriting mastery, incomparable vocal power, and stylistic expansion, Judas Tree is an unmissable monument to invention, re-invention, and vision.
Restless Dream is a collaboration between Brisbane band Halfway and Kamileroi elder Bob Weatherall, with William Barton. In 2015, they began to work on the writing and recording of an album of songs/stories. The album will be released in August 2021.Aboriginal ancestral remains and secret, sacred objects are scattered across the globe, in museums both overseas and in Australia. In Aboriginal religious law, there will be no spiritual peace until the dead have been returned to the place of their birth and received their last rites in accordance with their traditions.This album tells the story of the Repatriation of Aboriginal Ancestral Remains. Restless Dream is a very personal story, yet it touches all Aboriginal Nations as they grapple with the task of repatriation and reburial, just as it acknowledges those who have taken on the task of uncovering the past and advocating for the Rights of the Dead. Bob and William are both friends of Halfway. Bob used to come to band practices, to listen to us play, and to share the summer nights and his stories.“My ears sought out Bob’s words in the dark, the stories of his work: travelling to the other side of the earth; the arrogance and thievery of scientists and protectors; the overwhelming emotion of this job. A job which chose him. A tricky job, full of negotiation, responsibility, righteous successes and disheartening failures. And he was burdened with an overwhelming question: Who is going to carry this work on?” John Willsteed, Halfway, producer"We have a responsibility to uphold the fundamental rights of the dead to return to the lands of their birth, and to be given customary last rites in accordance with their culture and beliefs. Restless Dream will help to put an end to the injustices of the past in the true spirit of reconciliation and justice." Bob Weatherall, writer and performerThe album was recorded at QUT in Brisbane in 2016, by Yanto Browning (Kate Miller-Heidke/Art of Sleeping) and mixed in South Carolina by Mark Nevers (Yo La Tengo/Bonnie “Prince” Billy/Lambchop/Jason Isbell). It is a blend of songs, stories and instrumentals; like a Halfway album and then some.1. Water Horse2. Restless Dream3. The Dawn4. We Are Gone5. Smoke6. Bloodlines No. 2
Diver City, a colourful and lively original children’s music collaboration project between musician Kristy Lee Peters (KLP) and comedian Matt Okine, returns in 2021 with the announcement of new single, video and album, DANCE SILLY.Diver City launched last year, entertaining children across the country with their infectious pop tunes! Their debut album, Welcome to Diver City, received widespread play across ABC Kids and earned them an ARIA Award nomination for Best Children's Album, and an AIR Award nomination for Best Independent Children's Album.The album is a pop-driven musical kaleidoscope of feel good anthems, wacky adventures, and tunes to keep you and your little one's daily routine in check. Featuring collaborations with some of Australia's most popular artists, such as Bertie Blackman, Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music), Andy Bull, Adam Hyde (Peking Duk), Katie Noonan, Art Vs Science and more, and released with three accompanying music videos and sketches, DANCE SILLY invites everyone back to their favourite town of Diver City; a place where EVERYONE is welcome!Kristy Lee said , “It’s so exciting to write songs for children, harnessing the amazing talents of some of Australia’s most incredible songwriters and performers. We are all about creating quality, positive material for young children and to be able to do it with our mates, is so rewarding!”.Matt Okine added, “Kristy Lee and I share a mutual love for all things silly and cooky and fun – it was such a natural fit for us to come together to create music for kids, with visuals they can dance along to – who wouldn’t welcome the opportunity to do that?”DANCE SILLY Album Tracklist:1. Diver City In The House 2. Together We Fly3. Birds & Cows - co-written with Sam Cromak (Ball Park Music)4. Dance Silly - co-written with & featuring Art vs Science5. Love Is Love (Rainbow Family) - co-written with & featuring Bertie Blackman, also featuring Nicholas Brown (Playshool)6. Your Imagination - co-written with & featuring Andy Bull, also featuring Katie Noonan7. Abajo Road8. Potty Party9. Straight Hair Curly Hair - co-written with & featuring Adam Hyde (Peking Duk) and Raph (The Meeting Tree)10. The Waiting Song11. Jungle Gym - featuring Nick Drabble (Set Mo)12. Pack it Up - featuring Alex Dyson13. Sad Spaghetti14. Make A Mess - co-written with & featuring Veronica Milsom15. Toothbrush Time - co-written with Sam Cromak (Ball Park Music)